A view of the Mawddach Estuary on a clear spring day with woodland lining the shores.
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How to get to Pen y Pass

Pen y Pass is the access point to both the Miners’ and Pyg Track trailheads leading to Yr Wyddfa’s summit. Between the months of March and November, planning how to get to Pen y Pass in advance is essential.

Sherpa’r Wyddfa

The Sherpa’r Wyddfa bus service is one of the most efficient ways of reaching Pen y Pass. The service means that you can park at Nant Peris, Llanberis or Caernarfon and make use of its direct links to Pen y Pass. The service can also take you to Pen y Pass from Bangor.

Sherpa’r Wyddfa website


Drop-offs are allowed at Pen y Pass. Therefore, asking a friend or relative to drop you off at the car park can be a great alternative if you find that parking spaces are full. Please ensure that you are ready to leave your vehicle as soon as you reach the car park to prevent congestion.

Pen y Pass Car Park

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Pen y Pass car park now operates on a Pre-booking basis.

Pre-booking Link

Eryri Parking App

The Eryri Parking app helps you find available parking in the north of Eryri National Park. Using real-time data and sensors, the app will direct you to the most convenient parking in the Yr Wyddfa, Ogwen and Betws y Coed areas of Eryri.

Eryri Parking App

Pen y Pass Pre-book FAQs

Dedicated parking bays for blue badge holders are available at Pen y Pass car park and operate on a first come first served basis.

If you’re using the Sherpa’r Wyddfa bus service,  all journeys will be operated by low floor buses with wheelchair space and ramp to ensure that the stops provided with raised kerbs are served by accessible vehicles.

If you’re parking a minibus which is over 5m in length at Pen y Pass, you should contact the National Park Authority to arrange parking beforehand.

Contact the Authority

There are no allocated motorcycle spaces.

Additionally, motorcyclists will not be allowed to share a parking spaces. All parking spaces are for one vehicle only.

Pen y Pass car park operates as a pre-book only car park between March and November.

Further information on parking arrangements for YHA Pen y Pass Hostel guests are available on the hostel’s website.

YHA Pen y Pass Hostel website